Flinders Street Station
Good for: public transport, transport, meeting, public
- Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts
Lonely Planet review for Flinders Street Station
Melbourne’s first railway station, Flinders Street was built in 1854. Two railway workers won the design tender. This might explain why the station contained such fabulous facilities for railway workers, now, sadly, in disrepair. In its heyday the building buzzed with a concert hall, a library, a crèche, meeting rooms, even a ballroom. Stretching along the Yarra for a block, the station is a city landmark. You’d be hard pressed to find a Melburnian who hasn’t uttered ‘meet me under the clocks’ at one time. On any weekday, well over 100, 000 people weave through the station’s underpasses, escalators, stairs and platforms. The grand old dame’s underground tendrils connect the city’s north with its south, with art-filled underpasses (such as Campbell Arcade) linked to Southbank via a pedestrian bridge.